Laurens Bouwer

Expert on climate change impacts on natural hazards, and adaptation

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Dr. Laurens Bouwer is an expert in the field of climate change impacts and adaptation. He works as senior risk advisor on risk analysis at Deltares, and has worked mostly on natural hazard risk and their impacts. He studies flood frequency and impacts, and risk reduction and adaptation strategies. He has led several (inter)national projects on the impact of flooding including economic losses, risk reduction strategies and insurance. For the Dutch Climate Changes Spatial Planning programme he developed impact models for flood losses under climate change. In the FP7 RESPONSES project he has studied climate adaptation in infrastructure investments through EU policy including the Structural Funds. He further participated in the FP7 CONHAZ project on costs of natural hazards. Laurens is experienced in the use of hydrological and impact models, and climate and global change scenarios to assess changing risks. He has published extensively in the academic literature on the impact of climate change on disaster risk, including damages and economic losses from extreme weather. As Lead Author he has contributed to the Third and Fifth Assessment Reports, and as Contributing Author for the Special Report on Extremes of the UN IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change).

Working experience

2013-present Deltares Senior researcher and advisor
2001-2013 Institute for Environmental Studies (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) Researcher
2008 Dept. of Geography (University of California, Santa Barbara, United States) Visiting scientist
2000-2001 Munich Reinsurance Company (Munich, Germany) Intern
1999-2000 Institute for Environmental Studies (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) Assistant